Friday, April 18, 2008

Standalone Silverlight Applications with Moonlight

One advantage that Adobe AIR applications have over Silverlight is that they don't have to be hosted in the browser. (An advantage that Silverlight has over AIR is that it can be programmed in Python.)

The Linux support for Silverlight 2 (the interesting version) is not there yet. Linux support is coming through the 'Microsoft-blessed' Mono Moonlight project. They are still working on Silverlight 1.0, but Miguel de Icaza says that they will soon switch to Silverlight 2 development.

Something that Moonlight can already be used for that you can't do with Silverlight is to create applications that use the Moonlight UI, but have full access to the Mono stack and aren't limited to the browser. These are called Moonlight Desklets, and they can be programmed with IronPython.

Lets hope that something similar for Silverlight shows up soon...

2 comments:

  1. Moonlight seems to be very very interesting.

    I think that the correct sentence would be: "An advantage that Silverlight has over AIR is that it can be programmed in Python."

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  2. Thanks - belatedly fixed...

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